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#1 Ca5ita

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 09:23 AM

Just received our 2018 Casita last week from Rice, TX. We had them pre-wire it for solar. So there is a port on the side of my casita for the solar connection. Can I just buy the solar panel and plug it in and it's good to go? Or do I need to order the whole set up; charge controller, inverter, etc.?

Also, I'm aware that they are pre-wired for "Zamp" panels which means the polarity is reversed.

 

TIA, Tim



#2 WaltP

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 03:23 AM

You should check with the factory but I doubt very much that they installed a controller without your knowledge and an add on charge.

You probably need a controller.

 

Congrats on your new trailer.

 

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#3 Hot Toddy

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 05:47 AM

I agree with WaltP, until you determine exactly what you received from Casita for a "Pre-wire Solar Install", you won't know what equipment to buy. It could be nothing more than a port in the top of your trailer with a wire running to the storage space that houses your circuit breaker box. Since equipment is brand specific, I suspect your wiring is generic enough to allow you to purchase the necessary equipment of the brand you prefer.

 

Toddy



#4 vermilye

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:38 AM

Be sure that with what ever add on system you chose, the polarity between the panel & the trailer connector is correct.  Zamp and the automotive industry have different ideas on the proper polarity of a SAE connector, the type most often used for pre wired solar.



#5 Ros M

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 06:19 AM

I have been watching the newer YouTube videos done by Casita, and the trailers do not come with an inverter.
So with that little solar knowledge I have, I assume that means that unless I am hooked up to power, I will only have access to 12V and propane?
Ros

#6 Hot Toddy

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 07:56 AM

That is correct. The good news is that everything but the electrical outlets and the air conditioning unit run off of your battery, so as long as you can live without television and a toaster you will be able to camp for a while. Your caveat is recharging your battery once it depletes. You still need shore power, an electrical generator, or a solar panel to do that.
 
Toddy

Edited by Hot Toddy, 31 August 2018 - 04:55 AM.


#7 Meadowlark

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 02:10 PM

I can live without a television...but I need my toaster. Breakfast isn't breakfast without toast.


These are the voyages of the small ship, "Grus Egg".

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